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June 2018

Portland City Grill

June 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Portland City Grill, 111 SW 5th Ave. 30th Floor
Portland, OR 97204 United States
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The best seat in town is atop the Portland City Grill. I'll be performing from 5-7, so stop by for a cocktail, great food, and a spectacular view.

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July 2018

The 1905

July 9 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on July 9, 2018 at 7:00pm

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Arrivederci with Shelly Rudolph

July 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Arrivederci Wine Bar, 17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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Wilfs with vocalist Jasmine Avgerakis

July 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wilfs at Union Station, 800 NW 6th Ave at Union Station
Portland, OR United States
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This week at Ron Steen's Vocal, we are looking forward to a special appearance by guest vocalist (my stepdaughter)Jasmine Avgerakis. Music from 7 PM - 10 PM 800 N.W. 6th Ave. at Union Station. For dinner reservations or information, call 503-223-0070.

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Bend Summer Festival w/ Shelly Rudolph

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bend Summer Festival, NW Minnesota Street
Bend, OR United States
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The Tom Grant Band with Dave Captein on Bass will be performing on the JAZZ STAGE with the fabulous vocals of Shelly Rudolph - Saturday, July 14 at 7 PM. The Bend Summer Festival Jazz Stage is located on NW Minnesota, downtown Bend.

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BlueHour with Shelly Rudolph

July 21 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Bluehour Portland, 250 NW 13th Avenue
PORTLAND, OR United States
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August 2018

First Wednesday @ Wilfs

August 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every First Wednesday!
Wilfs at Union Station, 800 NW 6th Ave at Union Station
Portland, OR United States
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Ron Steen's "First Wednesday with Tom Grant" Join us for a few hours of live Jazz and great cocktails at a Portland landmark Located next to Union Station, Wilfs offers free parking in the lot across the street. For dinner reservations, call 503-223-0070.

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Restaurant 503 in West Linn

August 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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One event on August 4, 2018 at 6:30pm

Restaurant 503, 21900 Willamette Drive, Ste 201
West Linn, OR United States
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Tom and Shelly will be at Restaurant Five-O-Three in West Linn! Come for drinks, dinner, or dessert! Call (503) 607-0960 for reservations. www.restaurant503.com

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TEN GRANDS on the Diamond

August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hillsboro Stadium, 4450 NW 229th Ave
HIllsboro, OR United States
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Ten pianos, ten pianists! Stunning voices and guest musicians... and a Fireworks Finale!

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Tommy O’s Sunday Night Jazz Jam

August 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Sunday, repeating indefinitely

Tommy O’s, 801 Washington St.
Vancouver, WA United States
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Head to Tommy O's, home of Vancouver's favorite Sunday Night Jazz Jam with the Tom Grant Band.  Catch special musical guests each week, and enjoy fabulous food and drink. The music starts at 6:30 in the lounge, 801 Washington St., Vancouver. Call (360) 694-5107 for more info.

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Ten Grands

We just finished doing our 8th consecutive Ten Grands in Seattle.  The Portland one has been going for 15 years.  Whew!  This year’s show was great, both in Portland and Seattle.  Kudos to Michael Allen Harrison for organizing a strong, appealing show.

There were plenty of newbies on the stage in both venues this year.  At the Schnitzer Hall in PDX and at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, we had the fiery classical playing of Colleen Adent, a piano teacher and arranger who was not shy about her rearrangement and slight jazzification of  a staid classical composition.

Boogie Woogie piano abounded in both venues as Michael Kassehammer wowed the Portland audience, and his friend and stylistic brother from the north, Arthur Migliazza showed his own powerful left hand in the idiom.

JJ Guo demonstrated some monster classical technique in both venues and young Mac Potts showed that when it comes to a command of contemporary pop music on piano and vocals he has no peer.  John Nilsen showed off a newly minted original tune (with vocal) that sounded like something from the James Taylor songbook.  Really sweet.

But the killer surprise of the Ten Grands season happened last Friday in Seattle when late in the show, Shannon Cassady was introduced to the sold out crowd at Benaroya. She innocently announced the song as “Toccata by Emma Lou Diemer,” a title, mind you, that gave no hint of the musical maelstrom that was to follow. Shannon  started her piece with shocking dissonances created by minor-second intervals, hands close together with a fiery intro that announced to the stricken crowd…”this will be no ordinary classical piece.”

Shannon proceeded with more fierce note clusters and breathtaking, percussive non-harmonies  in a piece that was unlike anything we’d seen in two iterations of this year’s show.  She finished the event with some careful string strumming and manipulations from inside the piano itself. It was brave and wonderful.

I asked her later backstage if that piano string strumming was notated in the music itself and she pulled the sheet music out then and there to show me the strange mystical markings that looked like no music notation i had ever seen. The audience reaction was big, and although some might have been perplexed, one thing is for sure.  This was one of the most audacious performances I’ve seen in 15 years of Ten Grands.

And at sixteen years of age, I say you go brave girl!

 

 

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